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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Cervical Rib Syndrome

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What does this mean: cervical rib and thoracic outlet syndrome?

What does this mean: cervical rib and thoracic outlet syndrome?

Nerves are pinched: Thoracic outlet is the result of the big nerves and blood vessels in the neck and chest being pinched by the muscles and bones at the top of the rib cage as they exit towards the arms. A cervical rib is just one cause of this problem. It can be treated with physical therapy or surgery. ...Read more

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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What is the link between a ?Cervical rib and thoracic outlet syndrome?

What is the link between a ?Cervical rib and thoracic outlet syndrome?

Varies: Many people remain asymptomatic with a cervical rib. The most severe complication is thoracic outlet syndrome caused by compression of the brachial plexus (weakness in affected arm) and/or subclavian artery (decreased pulses in affected arm). ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a cervical rib?

What are symptoms of a cervical rib?

Varies: Many people remain asymptomatic with a cervical rib. The most severe complication is thoracic outlet syndrome caused by compression of the brachial plexus (weakness in affected arm) and/or subclavian artery (decreased pulses in affected arm). ...Read more

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What are complications of having a cervical rib?

What are complications of having a cervical rib?

Varies: Many people remain asymptomatic with a cervical rib. The most severe complication is thoracic outlet syndrome caused by compression of the brachial plexus (weakness in affected arm) and/or subclavian artery (decreased pulses in affected arm). ...Read more

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What needs to be done if you have a?Cervical? Rib ?

What needs to be done if you have a?Cervical? Rib ?

Depends: If it's a symptomatic then nothing is needed. If it is, i'd recommend seeing a cardio thoracic surgeon or orthopedic surgeon that specializes in this area. ...Read more

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What is? The significance?Of a ?Small left sided cervical rib?

Is it symptomatic?: We generally don't treat cervical ribs unless they are causing a problem. If they cause pain or disability, anti inflamatory drugs or manipulation may help. If it is still a problem surgery may be indicated. ...Read more